Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
Activities for Middle School Science
The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of elements, compounds, and mixtures. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.
The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.
After completing the Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures 5E Lesson, students will know that an element is a pure substance represented by chemical symbols. They will also recognize that a limited number of the many known elements comprise the largest portion of solid Earth, living matter, oceans, and the atmosphere. Lastly, they will be able to differentiate between elements and compounds on the most basic level.
The Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.
Students will identify compounds, identify the elements within the compound based on the chemical formula, and observe compounds in chemical reactions.
The Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and
a CER conclusion.
These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.
These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.
Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.
Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.
Essential Questions and Standards
Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the elements, compounds, and mixtures unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.
- What elements mostly make up Earth, living matter, oceans, and atmosphere?
- What is the difference between an element and a compound?
- MS PS1-1 - Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures
- TEKS Science 6.5 B - Recognize that a limited number of the many known elements comprise the largest portion of solid Earth, living matter, oceans, and the atmosphere
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